Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on October 24, 2010

By Event Coverage Staff

Pat Cox

Name: Pat Cox

Age: 26

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

Hometown: Melbourne, Florida

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 at GP Oakland.

Byes This Weekend: 2

How did you prepare for this event: Did a bunch of drafts at the Hollands' when the set came out.

What were your Sealed Deck all-stars: Contagion Engine

What card performed better than expected in Sealed: Wall of Tanglecord

What was your record Day 1: 8-1-1

What were your results for your two drafts: 2-1, 3-0

What was your plan for draft: Anything but poison, because I don't know how to draft it.

What was your most difficult draft pick this weekend: Engulfing Slagwurm vs Volition Reins, and Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon vs Volition Reins. Both in this Top 8. Rough life.


Stephen Zhang

Name: Stephen Zhang

Age: 23

Occupation: Corporate Finance

Hometown: Wilbraham, Massachusettes

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Day 2 at the Two-Headed-Giant GP. A few PTQ Top 8's.

Byes This Weekend: 0

How did you prepare for this event: A few practice sealeds with friends.

What were your Sealed Deck all-stars: Sunblast Angel, Koth of the Hammer.

What card performed better than expected in Sealed: Tumble Magnet

What was your record Day 1: 8-2

What were your results for your two drafts: 3-0, 2-0-1

What was your plan for draft: I have almost no experience with the draft format, just a few team drafts with friends and an 8-man. I took the best cards for my colors and moved on.

What was your most difficult draft pick this weekend: Shatter vs Spikeshot Elder


Ben Stark

Name: Ben Stark

Age: 27

Occupation: Poker Player

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Previous Magic Accomplishments: GP Boston 2007 Finalist. 4 GP Top 8s, 2 PT Top 8s.

Byes This Weekend: 3

How did you prepare for this event: Drafted a little in Florida and talked about the format with The ChannelFireball guys.

What were your Sealed Deck all-stars: Myr Battlesphere

What card performed better than expected in Sealed: Moriok Replica

What was your record Day 1: 9-1

What were your results for your two drafts: 2-1, 2-1

What was your plan for draft: Either poison or Metalcraft

What was your most difficult draft pick this weekend: Chrome Steed or Plague Stinger


Brad Nelson

Name: Brad Nelson

Age: 24

Occupation: Professional Mage

Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota

Previous Magic Accomplishments: (again, Brad shows his modesty and abstains)

Byes This Weekend: 3

How did you prepare for this event: Magic Online.

What were your Sealed Deck all-stars: Glint Hawk and Tumble Magnet

What card performed better than expected in Sealed: Panic Spellbomb

What was your record Day 1: 9-1

What were your results for your two drafts: 2-1, 2-0-1

What was your plan for draft: Win it.

What was your most difficult draft pick this weekend: Necropede or Oxidda Scrapmelter pick one, pack one. Twice I took Scrapmelter, and twice I think I was wrong.


David Howard

Name: David Howard

Age: 25

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 11th GP Boston, 7th GP DC teams, 9th or 11th GP Pittsburgh Teams. 2000 limited on Magic Online three times.

Byes This Weekend: 2

How did you prepare for this event: Played the sealed 5K in Boston.

What were your Sealed Deck all-stars: Indomitable Archangel, Ezuri's Brigade, Engulfing Slagwurm, True Conviction, Contagion Engine.

What card performed better than expected in Sealed: Soul Parry

What was your record Day 1: 8-2

What were your results for your two drafts: 3-0, 2-0-1

What was your plan for draft: I prefer Red/x but draft what comes.

What was your most difficult draft pick this weekend: Pick one, Pack one, Kemba vs Contagion Clasp. I took Kemba.


Dustin Faeder

Name: Dustin Faeder

Age: 27

Occupation: Law Student / Philosophy Teacher

Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Previous Magic Accomplishments: None

Byes This Weekend: 1

How did you prepare for this event: 2 drafts at my local store, Prerelease and Release weekends, 2 Magic Online Release Sealeds, and three grinders.

What were your Sealed Deck all-stars: Elspeth Tirel, Razor Hippogriff, Spikeshot Elder, Strata Scythe, Precursor Golem... and Sunspear Shikari!

What card performed better than expected in Sealed: Sylvok Lifestaff

What was your record Day 1: 9-1

What were your results for your two drafts: 3-0, 1-1-1

What was your plan for draft: Find the stream.

What was your most difficult draft pick this weekend: Took Accorder's Shield over Ezuri. Also Painsmith vs. mana Myr.


Eric Froehlich

Name: Eric Froehlich

Age: 26

Occupation: Poker Player

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Previous Magic Accomplishments: PT San Diego Top 8, US Nationals 2010 Top 8. This is my 6th GP Top 8.

Byes This Weekend: 3

How did you prepare for this event: Panorama drafts featuring David Williams, Brock Parker and Scott Seirer.

What were your Sealed Deck all-stars: Hoard-Smelter Dragon and Arrest

What card performed better than expected in Sealed: Everything was expected.

What was your record Day 1: 9-1

What were your results for your two drafts: 3-0, 1-0-2

What was your plan for draft: Go infect if it was there.

What was your most difficult draft pick this weekend: The packs were so bad for me that most of my picks were easy. The third pick of each draft when choosing to stay metalcraft or to go infect is the toughest.


Jon Smithers

Name: Jon Smithers

Age: 23

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Meh.

Byes This Weekend: 1

How did you prepare for this event: Too many Limited PTQ Top 4 exits (3) in the past few months.

What were your Sealed Deck all-stars: Molten-Tail Masticore, Tempered Steel, Steel Hellkite, Kuldotha Phoenix... just to name a few.

What card performed better than expected in Sealed: Ferrovore and Origin Spellbomb.

What was your record Day 1: 10-0

What were your results for your two drafts: 2-1 with Black-White, 1-0-2 with Red-Blue.

What was your plan for draft: Stay open, always. Do not force Infect.

What was your most difficult draft pick this weekend: Not sure. It was hard to read the signals when trying to decide on a second color.

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